Hartmut Austen received his Meisterschüler degree from Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin. He also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Austen has been a fellow of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship program and the Grant Wood Fellow in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History.
Austen's work has been included in group shows, most recently "Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures" at Passenger Project Space in Detroit and "Opening Lines: Telegraph in Berlin" at Milchhof Pavilion in Berlin. He has had one-person exhibitions at Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale, Michigan in 2009 and at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts in 2011. A solo show at The Butcher's Daaghter Gallery in Detroit is forthcoming.